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Popular travel destinations are, well, popular for a reason. Whether they offer white sand beaches or old school cobblestone-lined streets, there's a certain je ne sais quoi that draws visitors in troves. But that's just it — these destinations are becoming increasingly flooded with tourists, which can make visiting them more of a pain than an enjoyable experience.

There is a solution to this travel woe — visiting alternative, less-crowded destinations that will give you a very similar experience. These other locations are no less fabulous, they're just less mainstream. So whether you want to visit a cliff-side Italian town or a landscape rich with wine, we have just the place for you.

Check out these lesser-known alternatives for popular travel destinations. Well well, aren't you ahead of the times?